Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 101

Brush up on the basics of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret.

Shemini Atzeret Development

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

Development of Simchat Torah

A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.

In the Community

Public and communal celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Themes & Theology

God's way to retain closeness with the Jewish people for a little while longer.


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

A timeless traditional treat for Simchat Torah.

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

A Simchat Torah special.

Stuffed Cigars

A tasty dish for Simchat Torah.

Caramel Apples

A quick, easy, and tasty recipe.

Traditions & Rituals

Evening Service

A time to dance with the Torah.

Morning Service

Ending--and beginning--the Torah cycle.

The Prayer for Rain

Connecting physical and spiritual needs.

Torah Service

Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.

Attah Horeita

A prayer recited only on Simchat Torah.



What's the history of these two exciting holidays that bring the fall festivals to a close?

Shemini Atzeret: A Joyous Encore

Rejoicing to prove a point.

Ending the Holiday Cycle

The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.